Symphony for iPhone – Free! Music Notation App for the palm of your hand!

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 7.56.50 AMOK People! This is a no brainer!

There are a couple of music notation apps available for iPad currently. One of the main choices for anyone seriously looking for a great app has been SymphonyPro Small IconSymphony Pro by Xenon Labs, LLC. This app has been out for a while now and has matured into a wonderful way to work. Now Xenon has released Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 7.56.50 AMSymphony for iPhone  (normally $4.99 and worth every penny of that!) BUT currently it is on a very short sale – it’s a good sale too – FREE!

Unfortunately, Xenon is breaking one of my cardinal rules of selling an app. They really have no web site showing off what the iPhone version is capable of currently. I am sure they are working on one but for now you have to read what is offered to you on the iTunes Store.

Let me highlight a few significant items for music educators:

  1. This app works with Music XML – that means you can start a score here and transfer it to another app like Symphony Pro on iPad, Notion on iPad or even Sibelius/Finale/Notion on desktop!
  2. This app will allow students to pull MIDI files off the internet and put them into notation files! This is a wonderful way to find transcriptions that others have done but are not available in sheet music yet.
  3. You can hook up an external device like a MIDI keyboard and speed up entry of notes!
  4. You can even record in real time!
  5. You have up to 15 instruments, 45 staves and 4 voices per stave at a time to work with!
  6. You can make staves invisible to view only what you want to view at any given time – as you can imagine, this would be very helpful on a smaller screen.
  7. There are chord, lyric and even annotation tools available
  8. After your students are done creating they can use AirPlay to play their masterpiece through AirPlay compatible speakers or an Apple TV (or the AirServer/Reflection apps) – Think about it – NO WIRES!

Can you tell I’m a bit excited about this? 🙂

Symphony Screen Shot

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2 thoughts on “Symphony for iPhone – Free! Music Notation App for the palm of your hand!

  1. Hello! Which app do you recommend for scanning a score to transpose into a different key? Thank you,Valerie Becker From: iPad and Technology in Music Education To: beckervalerie@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:23 PM Subject: [New post] Symphony for iPhone – Free! Music Notation App for the palm of your hand! #yiv6108031380 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6108031380 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6108031380 a.yiv6108031380primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6108031380 a.yiv6108031380primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6108031380 a.yiv6108031380primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6108031380 a.yiv6108031380primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6108031380 WordPress.com | Paul Shimmons posted: “OK People! This is a no brainer!There are a couple of music notation apps available for iPad currently. One of the main choices for anyone seriously looking for a great app has been Symphony Pro by Xenon Labs, LLC. This app has been out for a while no” | |

    1. When you say “score” how many instruments? I use NotateMe Now on my phone and iPad with the PhotoScore plugin. But mostly for simple scores like a corner part. It works well with piano and vocal too. But it’s very awesome…. Just did it yesterday morning. I had a tenor Sax part that needed transposed to concert pitch. I took a picture of the tenor sax part in Notate Me, that automatically, almost without error, recognized all the notes. Then I edited the few errors that there were, exported the Music XML version of that into Notion and added another part in concert key , copied over the other part and printed. Took about five minutes in NotateMe and another ten in Notion. NotateMe Now is the free version that will do the PhotoScore scanning for any one line scores, like a trumpet part or that tenor part…. Go try it out!

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